"How do you achieve cuts which minimise the impacts on families?" ... Minister for Family and Community Services, Pru Goward.

THE federal government has rejected a proposal from the NSW Community Services Minister, Pru Goward, to compel birth parents to pay child support to foster carers and condemned her ''slash and burn'' approach to policy making.

The Herald revealed yesterday that some foster parents in NSW were considering giving up their children after cuts were made to state allowances that would leave many families more than $200 a week worse off.

The allowance reduction was